How to Safely Remove a Bees' Nest from Your Porch Ceiling

14 October 2015
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Bees love to build their nests in inconvenient places—like your porch ceiling, for instance. If you have a bees' nest in your porch ceiling, follow these steps to remove it without getting stung.

Step 1: Suit up.

The key to avoid getting stung is to dress properly for the job. Put on a thin layer of underclothing so you're later comfortable undressing outside. Then, put on long pants and a long-sleeved shirt and tuck your pants into your socks so bees cannot get inside of them. Put on a pair of heavy gloves, and once again, tuck your sleeves into them. Purchase a mesh bee keepers' veil at a local garden store—they're usually rather inexpensive—and put this over your head, tucking it into the collar of your shirt. Top it all off with a hat to hold the veil in place.

Step 2: Spray the hive.

The best time to do this is early in the morning or late at night when the weather is still cool. The bees will be calmer at these times. Take a can or insecticide that specifically states it will kill bees. Attach the long nozzle (this typically comes with the can) to the sprayer. Slowly move towards the nest until the tip of your nozzle is almost touching it. Then, spray the hive, ensuring you cover as much of it as possible. Once you're done spraying, quickly move back from the hive. If any bees are on your clothing, just relax until they go away on their own.

After waiting 20 minutes or so to ensure the bees who may have landed on your clothes have dissipated, go far from the hive and remove your outer layer of clothing before going indoors.

Step 3: Repeat and remove.

Wait about a week, and then repeat steps 1 and 2 to ensure that any bees who happened to survive your first insecticide application are killed. Then, wait another week for the insecticide to dissipate before knocking the nest down with a long pole. Removing the nest is essential, since bees may come to it later in the season if you leave it behind. Dispose of the hive in the trash or by burning it.

If you are not confident removing the bees' nest on your porch ceiling yourself, contact a local exterminator like ASAP Bee Removal. Most will offer this service for an affordable price and can have the nest gone in one afternoon.